Sri Lanka batter Gunathilaka granted bail in sexual assault case

On charges of sexual intercourse without consent Sri Lanka batter, Danushka Gunathilaka has been granted bail and has been banned from using his social media accounts.

Earlier on Sunday from the team’s hotel Gunathilaka was arrested in charge of sexual intercourse without consent during the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup.

Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka batter has been charged with four counts of sexual intercourse and on 12 January the case will return to court.

“Magistrate Janet Wahlquist granted Gunathilaka bail on Thursday in Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court, where he appeared via an audiovisual link from Parklea jail. Police prosecutor Kerry-Ann McKinnon opposed bail on the grounds Gunathilaka is a flight risk and that he could endanger the safety of the complainant, who cannot be identified for legal reasons,” ESPNcricinfo stated.

Thangaraj said, “Of course, he would be on bail in these circumstances.”

Moreover, a police facts sheet filed with the court stated, “The complainant tried to remove the accused’s hand by grabbing his wrist but the accused squeezed tighter around her neck. The complainant was fearing for her life and could not get away from the accused.”

Since 2017 Gunathilaka has been a part of SL’s white ball and has represented his nation in 47 ODIs, 46 T20Is, and eight Tests.

However, due to a hamstring injury, Gunathilaka was ruled out of the T20 World Cup on 19 October, and later after the incident happened he was with the “standby” squad.

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